World's oldest forest uncovered in New York

Fossil trees, dating back 386 million years, have been found at an abandoned quarry in New York.

By Laura Foster • bbcnews
Dec. 19, 2019 ~3 min

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Giant prehistoric caiman had extra hip bone to carry its weight

Purussaurus mirandai could grow to 10m in length and was able to move on land, scientists believe.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Dec. 17, 2019 ~2 min

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Somerset human remains 'as old as Cheddar Man'

The remains, initially thought to be Roman, were mislaid soon after being found in the 1960s.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 27, 2019 ~2 min


Tyrannosaurus rex had 'air-con' in its head

Two holes in the mighty predator's head may have helped it lose heat, according to scientists.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
Sept. 5, 2019 ~4 min

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Early animal had 'complex behaviour'

A millipede-like creature from 550 million years ago is among the earliest examples of this.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
Sept. 4, 2019 ~5 min

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'Giant lion' fossil found in Kenya museum drawer

The bones of the huge creature belong to a new species which roamed east Africa 20 million years ago.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
April 18, 2019 ~1 min

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'Mission Jurassic' dinosaur hunt to get under way

British scientists are about to participate in one of their biggest dinosaur hunts in decades.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
March 25, 2019 ~4 min

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Teeny T. rex relative discovered in US

A newly discovered relative of T. rex stood just a metre or more tall at the hip, a study suggests.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
Feb. 21, 2019 ~3 min

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Fossil shark named after 80s video game

The shark's teeth resemble alien spaceships from the game, Galaga, according to US scientists.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Jan. 21, 2019 ~2 min

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Humans 'off the hook' for African mammal extinction

New research disputes a theory that early humans helped wipe out many large mammals that once roamed Africa.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Nov. 22, 2018 ~5 min

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